The Markets Where Homes are Most Valuable May Surprise You in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share Home prices continue to rise, with a 9-percent increase year-over-year on average, according to Pro Teck Valuation Services.Releasing its Home Value Forecast in March, the real-estate firm tracked home selling prices from February 2015 to February this year.Of more than 200 core-based statistical areas (CBSAs), Pro Teck rated just less than a third on average as “hot” or “strong”—a marked improvement on the 14 percent that received the same ratings last year.The firm highlighted 10 CBSAs for their growth in home sales prices year-over-year. Five areas saw enough improvement in their prices to receive “strong” ratings, with one considered “good” and four others “soft.”Those rated strong include Cape Coral-Fort Meyers, in Florida; Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, across the Carolinas; Durham-Chapel Hill, in North Carolina; San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, in California; and Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, in Tennessee.Those areas which Pro Teck rated soft: Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville and Port St. Lucie, in Florida; Salem, Oregon; and Mobile, Alabama.Florida’s Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island was the lone area rated good by comparison.With 2,494 sales, Cape Coral-Fort Meyers realized just less than a quarter of growth in prices year-over-year—the highest of any of the CBSAs. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin saw a little less than 15 percent of growth in the same numbers with more than 5,000 sales.With just 720 sales, by contrast, Mobile’s home prices observed a little more than 13 percent in increases.“While we call the above our bottom ten, they are much healthier than the bottom ten from last year,” Pro Teck CEO Tom O’Grady said in a statement.Why the strong numbers? The firm chalked it up in part to historically low interest rates that keep the home price market favorable.The Federal Reserve continue to allow federal interest rates to hover between .25 percent and .50 percent, with muted expectations for any further hikes since December, according to the Huffington Post. Home Sales Prices Home Value Forecast Pro Teck 2016-03-23 Seth Welborn March 23, 2016 495 Views
Company News LendingQB U.S. Real Estate Services 2018-02-04 David Wharton February 4, 2018 552 Views USRES Integrates with LendingQB to Enhance Mortgage Industry Presence in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing US Real Estate Services, Inc. (USRES), a provider of REO Asset Management, Default Ancillary Services, and Valuation Solutions nationwide announced it is now integrated to LendingQB’s cloud-based loan origination solution (LOS) to further expand its reach and enhance the customer experience for the appraisal management service line. These enhancements position USRES for continued growth, enabling the company to expand its presence and services within the mortgage industry.Keith Guenther, CEO of USRES, said, “LendingQB is a prominent player in the LOS space and therefore made our decision to partner with them an easy one. Their continued focus on integrating with the industry’s most innovative and proven providers has resulted in a platform that is comprehensive, yet intuitive. These tools and services will be instrumental as we continue to expand our presence and maintain efficient, streamlined operations.”With this integration, USRES can now more effectively engage Lending QB’s customers in a single, centralized environment. In addition to originating mortgages, the platform seamlessly integrates with hundreds of leading industry applications, including document preparation, compliance, mortgage insurance and title services. This addition to USRES’ set of tools and offerings further cements their commitment to providing the best, most transparent experience in the AMC space.“USRES is a company that is committed to establishing lasting relationships with customers and business partners, and we share those same values,” said Tim Nguyen, president of LendingQB. “Lenders want to access services from innovative vendors such as USRES in a way that improves the overall loan origination process. Using our API framework, we were able to provide USRES with an integration experience that enhances the way that lenders interact with their valuation services. We look forward to working with the USRES team and providing our mutual customers with a superior solution that helps us all be successful.” Share
Mexico’s apple tariff repeal to boost Washington’s … May 29 , 2019 T&G ships U.S. blueberries to Vietnam for the … By Andreas Neuman, CEO of UAV-IQ Precision AgricultureThis article is part of a series on biological control and IPM written by UAV-IQ (www.uaviq.com).In the previous article we’ve discussed the injury that could be caused by mealybugs in table grape vineyards, the resulting economic damage and how to effectively monitor for their presence.Researchers have had a hard time determining a precise economic threshold for mealybugs: some studies found that a population of 20 mealybugs per plant is necessary before damaging fungus is created, but a population smaller than that could potentially be enough to transmit viruses. However, two things are certain: they can cause a lot of damage and you shouldn’t let them get established because once they are settled in, it’s really difficult to get rid of them!Insecticides are often not sufficient to control mealybugs because of the way they hide below the bark (cryptic behaviour), their waxy bodies can protect them (they’re also protected while in their egg and nymph stages) and some have developed resistance to various active ingredients.Luckily, some predators and parasitoids have proven to be very efficient at controlling mealybugs. If beneficial parasitoids are spotted while monitoring for mealybugs, that is good news as natural enemies can successfully control populations under threshold levels. However, naturally occurring beneficials tend to emerge later than mealybugs which emerge in early Spring, so augmented releases early in the season often are necessary.Growers need to be careful not to kill naturally occurring or released beneficials by using too much and/or the wrong insecticides. Since insecticides alone are often insufficient to control mealybugs, it is not uncommon for frustrated growers to over or incorrectly apply insecticide, which can actually compound the problem. For growers and PCAs who choose to use insecticide, many can still be used which allow beneficials to survive and be included in effective integrated pest management (IPM) plans. HOW TO CONTROL MEALYBUGS USING BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENTS Different factors determine which beneficial(s) to use. First, one should know which mealybug species are present so that the predators or parasitoids best suited to hunt that prey can be put to the task. Second, the climate should be considered as some beneficials do better in the heat than others. It’s also important to note that the beneficials which do better in heat tend not to eat as much since they’re biologically adapted to survive in more extreme temperatures, so the distribution rate may need to be increased. The best known beneficial predator used to control mealybug has clearly been named by someone’s marketing team: Mealybug destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) preys on eggs and crawlers (newly hatched mealybug nymphs) of most types of mealybugs, although its efficiency might vary according to the species and climate. Populations of Cryptolaemus can be found in California, most prevalently in the south or on the coast. However, they usually don’t survive winters in high numbers so periodic augmented releases are necessary, preferably when there are many of the pest’s egg sacs to feed on. 1,000 larvae per acre is a common rate for a release. Grapes in Charts: Mexico helps make America grape … The predatory beetle Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (also known as Mealybug Destroyer) at a larvae (above) and adult stage (below) (pictures: courtesy of Koppert Biological Systems)Other commonly available beneficial predators include green and brown lacewings, which prey on larval and adult mealybugs. The larvae of some predaceous midges also eat mealybug eggs, but those may be more difficult to introduce into the field.In addition to the natural populations of parasitoids, some commercially available ones may be used to control mealybugs. (Note, check local regulations as parasitoids are restricted in some areas). The Anagyrus wasp is an efficient parasitoid used to control obscure, grape, long-tailed and vine mealybugs, especially at the end of the season before the mealybugs move down to the lower trunk or the roots to overwinter. The Anagyrus has the ability to survive California winters as well, however, the overwintering wasps take time to emerge at the beginning of the season so an augmented biocontrol release of commercial parasitoids should be performed early and mid-season. Similar to Cryptolaemus, a rate of 1,000 Anagyrys per acre is a common prescription. Other parasitoids of mealybugs include Acerophagus notativentris and Pseudophycus angelicus, which target grape mealybug as well other mealybugs of the genus Pseudococcus (obscure and longtail), but not the vine mealybug.Anagyrus wasp (photo: courtesy of Koppert Biological Systems)The process of releasing beneficials can be performed by hand using existing labor, however, it can also be outsourced to service providers who use new technologies such as specialized computer-controlled release equipment attached to drones in order to increase efficiency and make release rates more uniform. SOME BEST PRACTICES HAVE EMERGEDHere is some additional advice that may help your battle with mealybug. Most growers can do some steps without the help of their PCA or crop consultants, such as checking new plant material coming from the nursery before introducing them into the field, controlling tools and following guidelines to avoid cross-contamination. Mechanical equipment, shoes and clothes used in the vineyard often spread mealybugs from block to block or from vineyard to vineyard and should be carefully inspected and cleaned, especially during pruning and harvesting activities. Another good practice is to remove fallen leaves at the end of the season as they can hide mealybugs.Other steps should be discussed with a PCA but are not overly difficult to implement. Use tapes and/or sticky oil based products (eg: Tanglefoot) on the vines to prevent ants since they may end up protecting mealybugs from their natural enemies. Manage vine vigor and limit nitrogen application because excess nitrogen and increased foliage are known to provide them a more favorable habitat and increase the size of female mealybugs. One key to a successful IPM program is limiting the usage of broad-spectrum insecticides since they might dramatically affect the natural enemies population. In some cases, your PCA may even recommend intentionally leaving small parts of the field untreated for mealybug in order to maintain a controlled population of prey which can sustain a sufficient level of predators and parasitoids. Mealybugs are a major pest, but some of their oldest enemies can be used to help control them. 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DeliverooMeriton TripAdvisor partnered with Deliveroo in July and now it’s Meriton’s turn!Announcing the partnership, Matthew Thomas, Meriton Suites General Manager said, “For decades, traditional hotel room service was limited in choice, often unhealthy and expensive. Hotel room service has evolved, and there is no better place for that to happen than at Meriton Suites. Now in partnership with Deliveroo, we are able to offer our guests an extensive choice of meals from Sydney and Brisbane’s best restaurants, and the choices are growing by the day. Launched as a trial across a selection of our hotel locations, right off the bat we saw hundreds of orders placed in just a few days, proving this will be a very popular service.”Guests can place their order by simply calling the Guest Services team. Meriton will then place the order and pay on the guest’s behalf, and the total cost is added to the guest’s final bill. The order is then delivered to the guest’s door in just 30 minutes or less.The Deliveroo service has already recently rolled out with eight Meriton apartments in Sydney and Brisbane, and will be launching across the remaining sites in the coming months.Meriton Hotels currently partnered with Deliveroo:Sydney:Kent StreetBondi JunctionWaterlooZetlandMascotChurch Street, ParramattaNorth RydeBrisbane: Hershel Street
pre-releaseRiver cruiseScenic Scenic is reminding agents that its 2019 Canada, Alaska and USA Pre-Release pricing and offers must end 2 June 2018. Agents are encouraged to book their clients now to ensure they get the best price for 2019 before the release of the full brochure, where prices will be higher. Receive the best price for travel in 2019, plus enjoy great offers including return flights from $995 per person* – a saving of up to $2,975 per person – when booking selected tours to Canada.Other benefits of booking early include: First choice of departure date and itineraryAll Pre-Release bookings are eligible to any brochure upgrades upon the release of the full Canada, Alaska and USA 2019 brochureTravellers can also save up to $800 per person* on Scenic’s Southern Belles & Caribbean Cruise and The Best of America’s National Parks itineraries and up to $500 per person* on the Historic Trails of the East land journey.*Terms and conditions apply.IMAGE:Scenic Freechoice – whale watching in Victoria, Canada
Inspired by the success of the past two seasons, and in response to high guest demand, Seabourn has curated an enriching line up of 11-, 12- and 14-day Alaska and British Columbia cruises onboard Seabourn Sojourn for 2019. With just 10 departures scheduled through the season, running from June to October 2019, only about 4,500 lucky guests will be able to enjoy the region in Seabourn style next year, making early booking an imperative.Depending on the itinerary, Seabourn’s Alaska & British Columbia voyages include calls to rarely visited locations such as Alert Bay and Klemtu, a town of fewer than 500 people belonging to the Kitasoo Native Band and where your clients will enjoy an exclusive cultural experience as an inclusion of the voyage. Access towering forests along the Inland Passage and the graceful breaching of humpback whales in the Kenai Fjords. Guests can explore cities and towns including the state capital of Juneau, colorful Ketchikan, and historical Sitka, whose Tlingit roots go back 10,000 years. In certain areas such as Misty Fjords, they will be able to explore wildlife-rich waterways, forested mountain vistas and lacy waterfalls up close via Ventures by Seabourn excursions.Each of the 11-, 12- and 14-day cruises will include complimentary Seabourn all-weather jackets; inspiring Seabourn Conversations with special onboard guest speakers; opportunities for frequent wildlife sightings from the ship and shore; and a “Caviar on the Ice” deck party and other special deck events.In addition, Seabourn offers your clients the opportunity to explore Alaska more in-depth with the Denali Experience, an exclusive and optional Seabourn Journey available before or after select Seabourn Alaska voyages. The five-day Denali Experience is a fully escorted, custom-designed overland adventure promising awe-inspiring wonder with luxury accommodations and culinary options. Venturing into the Great Land, Seabourn guests will soar high above glaciers in a flightseeing plane, as well as head deep into the protected wilderness of Denali National Park with a guide to spot grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, caribou and more.IMAGE: Seabourn Alaska/Haley Plotkin 2019AlaskaBCBritish ColumbiaCanadacruiseSeabourn
2020 departuresEgyptPharaohs & PyramidsRiver CruisesViking Cruises If your clients missed out, you can ease their disappointment with new 2020 departure dates added by Viking Cruises for its popular 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids Egypt river cruise tour itinerary. “We’ve already received a lot of interest in these new 2020 departure dates — especially considering how quickly the 2018 and 2019 Pharaohs & Pyramids cruises sold out,” said Lubica Sibikova, Operations and Product Manager at Viking Cruises. “This river cruise really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and guests are encouraged to book fast so as not to miss out,” she said. Earlier this year, Viking made its Silver Spirits beverage package available onboard the Pharaohs & Pyramids river cruise for the first time. Guests can now purchase this package and gain access to unlimited premium wines, beers, cocktails, juices and soft drinks for the duration of their cruise for just $200 AUD.
Of course, Palmer and the Cardinals look completely different since that meeting.But if the Seahawks can find a way to apply the same pressure they did in mid-October, that plus the home field advantage ought to make the idea of a loss a seeming impossibility. 2. Get Marshawn going, somehowThe Cardinals may have the NFL’s best rushing defense, but the Seahawks will need their best rusher down the stretch and in the playoffs to get going if they’re going to make a deep run. Averaging just 3.2 yards per carry over the last four weeks, Marshawn Lynch’s performance of late lies as, perhaps, the Seahawks lone vulnerability. Establishing Lynch will inevitably open things up for quarterback Russell Wilson to make the plays he’s made so often in his career that have propelled the Seahawks’ winning ways.Effective usage of Lynch will, just the same, allow the Seahawks to control the clock — something they pride themselves on and frequently use to their advantage at home.3. Remember the implicationsWith a win, the Seahawks wouldn’t have to leave home until the Super Bowl, should they win their playoff games, as the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Though 12-2, and not facing the “must-win” scenario of the Cardinals, there’s a lot on the line, especially considering their dominance at Century Link Field with the help of “the 12th man.” Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Letting up and losing discipline due to a previous procurement of a playoff spot can’t cross the minds of the Seahawks’ players nor personnel.A team that already struggles to stay disciplined — having committed an NFL-most 112 offensive penalties – can’t afford to lose focus anymore, or they may see their home winning streak snapped by the red-hot Cardinals. 2. Stop the run, somehow“If you tell me that Marshawn (Lynch) gets 75-85 yards on the ground Sunday, I think Seattle has an incredible chance to win,” Brock Huard told Burns and Gambo on Friday. Fortunately for the Cardinals, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has the NFL’s best rush defense at his fingertips. Cardinals’ opponents are averaging just 83.2 rushing yards per game in 2013 — equating to only 3.6 yards per carry. Also fortunate for the visitors is this: as Huard went on to point out, Lynch has averaged just 3.2 yards per carry over the last four weeks and he hasn’t rushed for more than 72 yards in any of the Seahawks’ previous four games. In Seattle’s last loss, the Seahawks only managed 86 total yards on the ground at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.When the Cardinals last faced the Seahawks, however, in Glendale in October, Lynch rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown. Making the Seahawks’ offense one-dimensional gives the Cardinals a minor edge in a game where they could use any possible advantage.3. Reach deep into Bruce Arians’ bag of tricksClearly, it takes something special to beat the Seahawks at home. It’s been two years since anyone has. He had to assume head coaching duties in Indianapolis when Chuck Pagano was battling leukemia. He had to use Kelly Holcomb as his starting quarterback with the 5-11 Cleveland Browns while an offensive coordinator under Butch Davis. He had to face six straight ranked SEC teams as offensive coordinator of the 1997 Alabama Crimson Tide with Freddie Kitchens as his quarterback.Bruce Arians has faced plenty of challenges throughout the course of his 38-year coaching career, but perhaps none were more daunting than Sunday’s, as he leads the Arizona Cardinals back to Century Link Field in Seattle — the site of their 58-0 shellacking just over a year ago. And the embarrassment suffered at the hands of the Seahawks in the Cardinals’ last visit to The Emerald City didn’t occur in a vacuum. The NFC-best Seahawks have won 14 consecutive home games and a win Sunday secures them home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Conventionality isn’t going to work. The Cardinals’ offensive line isn’t going to overpower the Seahawks’ front seven. If they fall behind early, they’re probably not going to have a shot at a comeback. It’s going to take something different from the Cardinals to do what the Seahawks’ last 14 home opponents haven’t been able to.Arians and the Cardinals are going to have to roll the dice in order to get any traction against the Seahawks. He can’t morph his gameplan into a reflection of the Seahawks’. Staying aggressive, finding playmakers like Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd downfield, getting creative with the usage of Andre Ellington. Allowing the Seahawks’ league-best defense to set, getting too obvious with the play calling, won’t bode well for Arians and the Cardinals. A victory at Century Link Field will take something entirely different.Keys for the Seahawks1. Flashback to OctoberWhen they visited Glendale in October, the Seahawks had Carson Palmer completely out of his element — confused and reeling from pressure. The embattled quarterback threw a pair of interceptions amid taking seven sacks and fumbling once. Arians and the Cardinals, meanwhile, have their backs against the wall in the hunt for the NFC Playoffs — facing their second “must-win” game in as many weeks.The game, indeed, could be the biggest, most consternating challenge to date for Arians.Keys for the Cardinals 1. Establish the run, somehowThe Seahawks’ defense is the best in football, allowing only 14.6 points per game and 279.5 yards per game. Their pass defense only allows 174.2 yards per game. All marks are the best in the NFL. Their run defense, however, is 10th in the NFL, allowing a — still impressive — 105.3 yards per game. It’s hard to find any vulnerability in the Seattle defense, but if there is one, it’s the ability to defend against the run. In their first meeting this season, the Cardinals put the ball in the hands of the explosive Andre Ellington only five times for 13 yards. Rashard Mendenhall, meanwhile, averaged just 1.7 yards per carry on 13 carries and the Cardinals only got 30 yards on the ground in total. If, indeed, the Cardinals can break a few plays on the ground it will help to open up the more difficult part of the offensive gameplan: passing.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Seattle Seahawks utterly dominated the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night 35-6 to elevate themselves into the top seed in the NFC playoff picture with one game to play in the regular season.With Seattle leading 21-6 in the fourth quarter, running back Marshawn Lynch reeled off an unbelievable 79-yard touchdown run to put the game even further out of reach.Lynch took a handoff from quarterback Russell Wilson, started left, broke a tackle from Cardinals linebacker Glenn Carson and then broke to the right sideline. Cornerback Patrick Peterson made contact with Lynch at the 45-yard line and tried to strip the ball. Bad move. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona defensive lineman Frostee Rucker was asked about Lynch’s form of celebration.“It’s childish, no time for that stuff,” he said. “Sorry, I don’t have much to say.”Rucker still had more to say than Lynch, who was asked about the touchdown run, which is the longest of his career.“Thanks for asking,” Lynch said, before being asked again by a reporter. “I know. I said, ‘thank you for asking.’ I appreciate it.” – / 17 Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Lynch got by Peterson, bowled over Rashad Johnson, stayed in bounds and headed toward the end zone. Linebacker Alex Okafor had a beat on him, but Lynch ran through his tackle as well, celebrating with a crotch grab has he crossed into the end zone. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Every week we will catch up with one Arizona Cardinals player and give our listeners the opportunity to submit questions to be answered on video. Submitting a question is easy, head on over to @AZSports on Twitter and tweet as many questions as you can think of. The best ones will make the cut! This week features Arizona Cardinals defensive end, Calais Campbell (@Campbell93). This is Four Downs. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share Christian was viewed as a hybrid safety who could play in the box but also had the speed to play in pass coverage. Cardinals scout and former safety Adrian Wilson was credited with persuading general manager Steve Keim to pick him 167th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. Safety Marqui Christian backs up during Cardinals rookie mini-camp Friday, May 6. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals wanted to re-sign rookie safety Marqui Christian to their practice squad after cutting their 2016 fifth-round pick on Tuesday. Their next opponent and NFC West rival didn’t give them the chance.The Los Angeles Rams, who visit University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, picked Christian off the waiver wire Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday during his interview with Sirius XM NFL that the team hoped to add Christian, a hard-hitting 5-foot-10, 196 pound safety out of Midwestern State, back onto the practice squad. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) lines up against the Green Bay Packers during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) After having some optimism that they could play in Los Angeles, Arizona Cardinals defensive end Markus Golden and tight end Jermaine Gresham found themselves on the inactive list in Week 2.They were listed as questionable coming into Sunday’s contest.The duo joins quarterback Mike Glennon, wide receiver Trent Sherfield, offensive linemen Andre Smith and Korey Cunningham and defensive tackle Olsen Pierre on the list of inactives. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Smith and Pierre had been ruled out prior to Sunday. Starting in place of Smith on the offensive line is John Wetzel.Both Golden and Gresham practiced on a limited basis all week for Arizona, in which the defensive end showed some promise of being active as Wilks talked about how he might be used.Related LinksKeim: David Johnson extension continues helpful trend for CardinalsFront and back, revamped Rams defense will challenge Cardinals‘I feel like my agent did a great job’: Cards RB Johnson talks new contract“We got to be smart and limit his reps, put him in situations where he can be effective,” Wilks said Friday. “Whether that be on third down, trying to rush the passer, those are things to think about. Again, he’s a guy like Jermaine that brings a lot of energy, communicates well, high-energy guy, guys feed off him.”The last time Golden, who tore his ACL after appearing in four games last season, has been a full participant in practice was back in October 2017.When healthy, Golden has shown flashes of his potential. Over the course of his career (35 games), the defensive end has 93 tackles and 16.5 sacks.For the Rams, quarterback Brandon Allen, linebackers Trevon Young and Mark Barron, running back John Kelly, wide receiver Mike Thomas and defensive tackles Sebastian Joseph-Day and Tanzel Smart are inactive.Barron Inactive for Week 2 vs. ArizonaRead 📰 » https://t.co/Cv6AKIWfyd pic.twitter.com/G8hJI8IJ6r— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 16, 2018 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Following the announcement of its new 2019-2020 voyages season earlier this month, Regent Seven Seas Cruises hosted a launch for Australian luxury travel advisors at Bel & Brio in Sydney’s burgeoning foodie district, Barangaroo.Guests enjoyed a cheese and antipasti spread, and wine and canapés, while learning about 118 new sailings departing between March 2019 and June 2020, now on sale.Among the itineraries are two new Grand Voyages: the 77-night Grand Arctic Quest (London to New York via the British Isles, Iceland, Scandinavia, Greenland and New England) and the 66-night Circle South America (roundtrip from Miami via a South American circumnavigation and cruise up the Amazon River).More fascinating itineraries:Seven Seas Explorer will sail Northern Europe and Mediterranean itineraries from April through November 2019, and cruise the Caribbean from December 2019 through February 2020. Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) will be a maiden port on Christmas Eve 2019.The ship also will offer a westward and an eastward trans-Panama Canal voyage in March 2020 before returning to Europe in April.Travellers can choose the best value on an Alaska cruise aboard Seven Seas Mariner, which returns to the region from May through September 2019. The ship will cruise the Caribbean in October – making a maiden call on Acujutla (El Salvador) – before embarking on the 66-night South America circumnavigation voyage. After a Panama Canal transit from Miami, the 2020 world cruise begins on January 24 from San Francisco for an epic 131-night, roundtrip itinerary.Seven Seas Voyager will return to the Mediterranean from April through October 2019, and then sail Asia and the South Pacific from November 2019 through March 2020. Travellers also can choose one of two Australia and New Zealand itineraries in January. Maiden ports include Kos (Greece), Calvi (Corsica, France), Miyazaki (Aburatsu, Japan) and Nelson (New Zealand).Seven Seas Navigator will ply Northern European waters in June and July 2019 and make maiden port calls on Cherbourg (France), Fishguard (Wales), Galway (Ireland), Kollafjordur (Faroe Islands), Patreksfjordur and Husavik (Iceland) and Molde (Norway). The ship will sail Bermuda, Canada and New England itineraries from August through October 2019, and then reposition to sail Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific itineraries through March 2020. While in the South Pacific, Isle of Pines (New Caledonia), Phllip Island (Australia), and Adamstown (Pitcairn Islands) will also be maiden ports of call.Regent Seven Seas Cruises took home top honours in the Sea: Small Ships category in the inaugural Signature Luxury Travel & Style Cruise Awards earlier this month. Meet all the winners here.
Go back to the e-newsletterThe Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has announced a unique new bar concept in collaboration with the New York cocktail bar, PDT (Please Don’t Tell).Regularly voted among the World’s Best Bars, PDT has long been a favourite of New Yorkers who enjoy the intimate privacy of its distinctive interiors with cocktails developed by renowned mixologists Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell, along with their talented bar team. PDT HK will open in early 2018, the first permanent PDT outside of New York City.Following in the tradition of the original, guests will enter the Hong Kong space through a hidden entrance disguised as a phone booth in the hotel’s MO Bar. The interiors are the vision of Hong Kong designer-of-the-moment, Nelson Chow, and will be a playful mix of vintage and modern classics, with a nod to its New York roots seen in the selection of eclectic taxidermy on the walls.“It is extremely exciting to be collaborating with the immensely talented Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell for their first venture outside of the States. After hosting PDT’s pop-up as part of our Masters of Mixology program last year, we recognised that PDT would be a perfect permanent fit for us” said Torsten van Dullemen, general manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.“The cocktail menu will change frequently throughout the year to take advantage of hyper-seasonal produce and limited-edition wines, beers and spirits. As many guests will be global travellers who may well have been to PDT in New York, we will feature a handful of our house cocktails, such as the Benton’s Old Fashioned, Shark and Mezcal Mule” said Jim Meehan, founder of PDT.Devotees of PDT’s New York hot dog, by Crif Dogs hotdog stand, need not be concerned as PDT HK will introduce a creative culinary partnership with the city’s leading and most acclaimed chefs, which will be rotated each season. The inaugural free-range pork, chicken and beef hotdog has been created by the hotel’s celebrated culinary director, Richard Ekkebus and further food offerings will be Chef Ekkebus’ take on American comfort foods.When the doors open in early 2018, PDT HK will have a seating capacity of 30 and be open daily from 5pm.Go back to the e-newsletter
Skyscanner.net has partnered with Netvibes, the leading widget and personalized startpage platform, to launch their new Cheap Flights Widget.The new Skyscanner Cheap Flights Widget is an interactive Flash map that users can add to their personal pages and desktops including: Netvibes, iGoogle, WordPress, Bloglines, Opera, Windows Vista and Mac OS X.The Widget allows users to browse a world map, select flight routes between different cities and then get a flight price quote from Skyscanner.Jules Pancholi, VP Commercial for Skyscanner remarked on the new widget launch:“We are delighted with the uptake and performance of the widget so far and are very happy to be working with Netvibes supporting their Sponsored Placement Program launch in the UK. Our viral widget strategy is a core part of Skyscanner’s exciting growth plan and creating widgets that can be integrated on our customer’s desktops and personal pages is a great way to help people save money and keep travelling in these turbulent times.”Freddy Mini, CEO of Netvibes commented on the new partnership:”The new Skyscanner Cheap Flights Widget makes wonderful use of the Netvibes Universal Widget API and we’re pleased to have them using our technology. “The fact that a great brand like Skyscanner has decided to distribute their widget through our Sponsored Placement Program in the UK validates the continued success and growth of our widget distribution platform throughout the world”.The Cheap Flights Widget is being launched alongside the Skyscanner Maps API Tool that has been designed in response to demand for Skyscanner integration products from travel industry websites, including airports, hotels, resorts and tourism organisations. The Maps API Tool allows third party websites to easily embed Skyscanner flight information on their own sites, enhancing usability by allowing visitors to quickly find cheap flights for their travels.To download the new Cheap Flights Widget for a desktop or personal page visit: Netvibes Skyscanner Cheap Flights Widget, or to add the API to a website visit: Skyscanner Maps API ToolAbout NetvibesFounded in 2005, Netvibes pioneered the personalized homepage as alternative to traditional web portals. Today, Netvibes is a global community of users who are taking control of their digital lives by personalizing their web experience. Netvibes lets individuals assemble all in one place their favourite widgets, websites, blogs, email accounts, social networks, search engines, instant messengers, photos, videos, podcasts, and everything else they enjoy on the Web.Netvibes has established the leading universal widget platform that is used by thousands of publishers around the world. Netvibes has offices in Paris, London and San Francisco. More information is available at: www.business.netvibes.com ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkyscanner launches WhoFlies WidgetEurope’s most popular flight search engine, today launches the WhoFlies widgetAir Sylhet to launch from Stansted and Manchester next monthAir Sylhet to launch from Stansted and Manchester next monthSkyscanner launches new hotel searchSkyscanner launches new hotel search
Think Paris is past it? Bored of Berlin? Where would you rather go?Which secret city would you most like to visit?( surveys)ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWhere to go on holiday in AugustWe’re all going on a summer holiday… Ditch your vain hopes of a decent British summer, pack your bags and get out there this August. Whether you want a sunny city, a sandy beach or a silly festival, we’ve got you covered. You can always catch up on the DIY…10 Bargain bank holiday flights from £100So, what are your plans for the bank holiday weekend? What do you mean you don’t have any plans? Come on, it’s the last gasp of summer, you’ve got to do something! OK, look, don’t worry, there’s still a chance for you to have the most memorable weekend of the…10 best free things to do in BerlinIn Berlin on a tight budget? Our local expert shares her top insider tips for the best free things to do on a Berlin break.
RelatedMonarch launches new flights to Canary IslandsMonarch has launched new flights to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria from a number of UK airports.New flights to Canary Islands to be launched by MonarchMonarch will launch year-round flights to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura from a number of UK airports later this yearWinter Warmers: reach the beach in under 8 hoursLooking to escape the winter blues and sneak a quick week in the sun? The recent cold snap in the UK has got many pining for warmer weather. This week we look at three bargain winter sun destinations. Tenerife (from £30 return)Tenerife is one of the most popular winter destinations for sun starved northern Europeans and the south of the island is home to a host of excellent beaches in and around the twin resorts of Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos.Find cheap flights to Tenerife from 15 UK airports including London airports, Manchester, Birmingham and GlasgowFuerteventura, Canary Islands (from £70 return)Holidaymakers won’t have any problems finding their very own place in the sun on Fuerteventura. This laid back Canary Island boasts over 125 miles of beach and is located on the same line of latitude as parts of Florida and Mexico with the mercury rising as high as 23C during December and January.Find cheap flights to Fuerteventura from 14 UK airports including Bristol, Leeds, Belfast, Birmingham and London airports.Paphos, Cyprus (from £65 return)Unlike the other resorts on the island such as Ayia Napa, Paphos is open for business all year round. And there are no less than eleven blue flag beaches in this region, making it an ideal base for exploring gems such as Konnos Bay, Cape Greco or nearby Coral Bay.Find cheap flights to Paphos from 14 UK airports including Exeter, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Doncaster, Birmingham and London airports.Get more winter sun ideasReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Delhi Commonwealth Games to go ahead after all – Yay!FCO launches social media advice and support – it’s always worth checking the FCO website before travelling, especially if you’re heading off the beaten path, and you can now get FCO travel advice via their Facebook page and Twitter.Pound stretcher? British travellers on long-haul holidays this winter will find their pound stretches furthest in Sri Lanka, Mexico and the Far East according to the Post Office’s Long-Haul Holiday Report.GroundedTripAdvisor could face legal action over reviews – have the days of customer reviews come to an end?British Isles ‘worst place to live in Europe’ – according to a new survey by USwitch. All the more reason to hop on cheap flights and go on holiday then…Cash for ash? – the European aviation industry is looking at taking legal action to recover costs from the volcanic ash disruptionReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Flying High RelatedEverything you need to know about travelling to EgyptIn light of recent safety scares in Egypt, we asked travel expert Simon Calder to tackle the big questions for Skyscanner readers: – Are major Egypt destinations like Sharm El Sheikh and the Pyramids at Giza safe to visit? – What if I want to cancel my Egypt holiday? -…Is it safe to travel to Tunisia?Since the terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015, the UK Foreign Office has advised against travelling to most parts of the country, and holidays and flights to Tunisia have been cancelled. In May this year the FCO extended its travel warning for another month. So is it safe to go…Flying High | GroundedFlying High | Grounded
4. Japan: nothing for the ladiesValentine’s Day is all about the guys, so girls – don’t expect any special treatment. The 14th of February in Japan is for women to step up their game and buy their man chocolate, whereas women don’t get any gifts until a month later in March. However, this tones down the whole idea of a ‘couples day’ and leaves singletons room to indulge in Tokyo‘s sushi restaurants, kooky nightlife and karaoke bars without fear of stumbling over smooching pairs around every corner. Pay a visit to the oldest temple in the city, Sensō-ji (five minutes walk from Asakusa Metro Station), and say a prayer to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Asakusa Kannon, by way of thanks. Take a look at our picture guide to Tokyo for more inspiration. 3. Belgorod, Russia: where Valentine’s Day is bannedDread the sight of cute teddies clogging up the shops? This neat and tidy city south of Moscow is right up your street. Valentine’s Day has been banned a few times in previous years because, according to Grigory Bolotnov, a spokesperson at the Belgorod governor’s office, it’s “not a Russian tradition and it doesn’t teach good moral values to Russian youth.” He also added: “Society needs to think about the consequences. We could have started celebrating a day of vodka or beer just as well.” Direct flights to Russia from the UK land at capital Moscow, so take Grigory at his word and call in at the Vodka Museum (open 10am to 8pm every day) for more on this national pastime. 2. Trenton, New Jersey : for a date free holidayIn recent years, the state capital of New Jersey has had the fewest number of Valentine’s Day reservations made in the whole of the US, according to data collected by the restaurant app Foursquare. Either they’re all about spontaneous walk-ins, or Trenton is the place to go if you want to enjoy your freedom with lots of other people also not on dates. Amuse yourself with New Jersey’s worthy collection of museums or take in a ball game at Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder baseball team, and thank your stars that you won’t have to deal with all those public displays of affection. And if you want a proper singles night out, there’s always New York City, just an hour and a half’s drive away. 7. Divorce Hotel, Utrecht, Netherlands: for amicable separationsFor a stay that’s a world away from the sex museums and burlesque shows of Amsterdam’s red light district, get in touch with the folks at Divorce Hotel, who aim to resolve – or dissolve – your marital disputes over a long weekend. It’s a cost-effective, positive and very Dutch way of divorcing, for couples without complex issues who just want a nice, clean break-up. Sound like you? You’ll need to apply and be approved by a mediator to find out the location and book, but expect luxury surroundings, swimming pools and lovely gardens in which to walk off any regrets and “start the next phase of your life”, as the company puts it. And on a similar theme…Where to find the highest population of single people in the worldFind love in these low-marriage locations.6 of the best places to break upGive your other half the heave-ho on holiday in one of these best spots for splits.Destinations to inspire Valentine’s DayHave a laugh at the silliness of it all, with these 10 romantically-named places to get your heart a-flutter, (or your stomach churning).Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. Zagreb, Croatia: an axe to end it allGetting over a break-up? Croatian capital Zagreb may have the perfect accompaniment to your anti-Valentine’s mood: a museum packed full of bizarre methods used to get over relationships. From an axe, used to hack up an ex-partner’s things while she was sleeping with a new lover, to clothes, wigs, props and toys, this is a unique and irreverent attraction that, at a mere 30 krona (£3), beats an expensive champagne dinner any day. Image: Connie Ma, CC BY-SA 2.0.6. Chernobyl, Ukraine: the ghost townDespite what you may think, your safety is not in question if you pay a visit to nuclear disaster zone, Chernobyl – only don’t expect romance to thrive anytime soon. Thousands of tourists visit the ghost town of Pripyat every year, abandoned thirty years ago when the nearby power plant exploded. Day trips are available from $99 per person and are actually a fascinating, though sobering, experience. But if the rusting Ferris wheel and gutted apartment buildings don’t kill the mood, the strict security restrictions and full body scans to check for radiation ought to do it, so you should be safe from honeymooners here. 1. Truelove Lowlands, Devon Island, Canada: the world’s loneliest islandAh how sweet, a place named after everlasting romance. Before you’re overcome with warm and fuzzy feelings, bear in mind that this region of Devon Island in Canada is anything but. A craggy, windswept outcrop of rock often compared to Mars and abandoned since the 1950s, it’s the perfect place for misanthropes and anyone sick of the sight of loved-up couples, so get your hiking boots on and find out what true isolation feels like. You can get dropped off on Devon Island by flying to Ottawa and on to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island, via Iqaluit (Baffin Island), but you may end up sharing a camping ground with the NASA crew who research here every summer (or the odd man-eating polar bear). 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You might assume that the bathroom would be the germiest place in the airport, yet a study found that the worst offender was actually the plastic security bins. It makes sense, considering these bins see hundreds of shoes, loose change, and other germy items before being reused countless times each day. simonkr / Getty Images Check to see if your airport is using SecureTrays by noticing the distinct shape and seeing the Microban logo on the bottom of the tray. Each tray, provided by SecurityPoint Media, will be treated with an antimicrobial substance to prevent bacteria growth. Jaromir Chalabala / EyeEm / Getty Images Posted in Travel News Fortunately, there’s a solution in the works. Antibacterial checkpoint trays will be tested in over 30 airports over the course of this summer. Digital Vision / Getty Images May 30, 2019 by Beth The Germiest Place In The Airport Will Soon Be Getting A Fresh New Update If you experience germ-related anxiety at the airport, you’re certainly not alone. There are countless places in these travel hubs, as well as in the planes themselves, that are handled and used over and over again by countless people throughout the day. And most of these places just can’t be avoided. Fortunately, the germiest place in the airport will soon be getting a cleaner upgrade by this summer. What are your thoughts on this germ-conscious upgrade at the airport? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below!